PIPELINES: The company behind the Keystone XL pipeline halts the project after years of protests and President Biden’s cancellation of its permit, with an environmental activist saying the news should “put polluters and their financiers on notice.” (Washington Post, New York Times)

ALSO:
• Democrats praise the Keystone XL outcome as a climate victory while GOP lawmakers call it a win for “environmental extremists.” (E&E News, subscription)
• Most of the 247 people arrested during Line 3 demonstrations in northern Minnesota this week were charged with misdemeanor trespassing on critical infrastructure or public nuisance and unlawful assembly. (MPR News)

INFRASTRUCTURE: After the Biden administration signals it may drop some climate priorities from its infrastructure bill to earn Republican support, Democratic senators warn a bill that lacks strong climate action will lose their vote. (Politico)

MINING:
• Mining companies are highlighting their minerals’ uses in batteries and other clean energy products and downplaying their negative environmental impacts in an attempt to secure investments. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• By damaging ceremonial sites, lithium mining in western Arizona threatens the Hualapai Tribe’s religious practices, tribal leaders say. (High Country News)
• Striking Alabama coal miners say they’re being targeted for violence as they hold picket lines around Warrior Met Coal. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An analysis finds electric vehicle adoption is rising but will need “aggressive action” from policymakers to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Axios)
• General Motors now says it would support vehicle emission limits that other automakers negotiated in California if they can be achieved mostly by promoting electric vehicle sales. (Associated Press)
A California Energy Commission analysis estimates the state will need 1.2 million EV chargers by 2030 to meet the demands of an anticipated 7.5 million passenger EVs. (news release)

FINANCE:
• Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the department has streamlined its loan approval process and is working through a backlog of applications. (E&E News, subscription)
• Maine becomes the first state to pass legislation requiring state divestment from fossil fuel companies. (Grist)

OVERSIGHT: The Biden administration will soon replace outgoing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Neil Chatterjee, with current and former state utility regulators among the potential nominees. (E&E News, subscription)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management confirms only three of its employees relocated to Grand Junction, Colorado, as the agency’s new headquarters there sits mostly empty. (Colorado Newsline)

DEVELOPMENT:
• President Biden’s nominee to oversee numerous tribal programs wants to ensure tribal communities maintain control over energy development. (E&E News, subscription)
• Wind, solar and battery-storage projects totaling 15 GW and worth an estimated $20–25 billion move forward in Texas — a higher total than the next three states’ projected capacity combined. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Southeastern utilities seeking approval of a centralized energy exchange market file an updated proposal with more details for federal regulators. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Bankrupt and now-outlawed Texas wholesale electricity provider Griddy demonstrates both the appeal and flaws of a deregulated energy market. (Texas Monthly)

EMISSIONS: Studies have long underestimated the agricultural industry’s emissions, research indicates, complicating countries’ Paris Agreement pledges. (Inside Climate News)

COMMENTARY:
• An “all of the above” federal energy policy has propped up outdated and wasteful energy resources while providing only tepid support for renewables, environmental advocates say. (Environmental Working Group)
• President Biden’s clean electricity pledge could unlock $1.5 trillion in investments over the next decade and avoid 93,000 premature deaths, analysts from a nonpartisan climate think tank say. (Forbes)
• The Line 3 pipeline is a “real test” for the Biden administration’s climate change commitments, says author and activist Bill McKibben. (New Yorker)
• A sustainability analyst outlines policy and financial steps needed to accelerate the efficient building retrofitting industry. (Canary Media)